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Acoustic reduction in conversational Dutch: A quantitative analysis based on automatically generated segmental transcriptions [Letter to the editor]

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Ernestus,  Mirjam
Language Comprehension Department, MPI for Psycholinguistics, Max Planck Society;
Center for Language Studies , External Organizations;

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Schuppler, B., Ernestus, M., Scharenborg, O., & Boves, L. (2011). Acoustic reduction in conversational Dutch: A quantitative analysis based on automatically generated segmental transcriptions [Letter to the editor]. Journal of Phonetics, 39(1), 96-109. doi:10.1016/j.wocn.2010.11.006.


Cite as: http://hdl.handle.net/11858/00-001M-0000-0012-D169-3
Abstract
In spontaneous, conversational speech, words are often reduced compared to their citation forms, such that a word like yesterday may sound like [’jεsmall eshei]. The present chapter investigates such acoustic reduction. The study of reduction needs large corpora that are transcribed phonetically. The first part of this chapter describes an automatic transcription procedure used to obtain such a large phonetically transcribed corpus of Dutch spontaneous dialogues, which is subsequently used for the investigation of acoustic reduction. First, the orthographic transcriptions were adapted for automatic processing. Next, the phonetic transcription of the corpus was created by means of a forced alignment using a lexicon with multiple pronunciation variants per word. These variants were generated by applying phonological and reduction rules to the canonical phonetic transcriptions of the words. The second part of this chapter reports the results of a quantitative analysis of reduction in the corpus on the basis of the generated transcriptions and gives an inventory of segmental reductions in standard Dutch. Overall, we found that reduction is more pervasive in spontaneous Dutch than previously documented.